Valencia (ES), 24th January 2013. Thomas Biagi (IT) received his
prize for winning the 2012 BMW Sports Trophy in Valencia (ES): in
sunshine and 16 degrees Celsius, Biagi completed a total of 66 laps in
the BMW M3 DTM on Thursday. BMW Motorsport presented this unique
driving opportunity, along with a cheque for 30,000 Euros, for the
first time last year as a reward for finishing first in the
traditional privateer competition.
“Through their international commitments, privateers like Thomas
Biagi are such excellent representatives of BMW in motor racing that
it is an honour for us to give something back to these ambassadors,”
said BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt. “Our return to the DTM
gave us the opportunity to reward the winner with a drive in a
thrilling car like the BMW M3 DTM, as well as a healthy amount of
prize money. The chance to take to the track in a BMW M3 DTM was an
extra motivation for everyone who entered the 2012 BMW Sports Trophy.
Thomas did a good job. He was able to get an accurate impression of
just what our DTM car is capable of.”
The outing at the “Circuit de la Comunitat” was a unique experience
for Biagi, who won the 2012 Italian GT Championship in his BMW Z4 GT3.
“Ever since I first heard that BMW Motorsport was returning to the
DTM, I have dreamed of one day driving this BMW M3 DTM,” said Biagi.
“That dream came true today. The BMW M3 DTM is an amazing machine. I
knew I would enjoy my time here in Valencia. But now, after 66 laps at
the wheel of this magnificent car, I’m almost speechless. I would like
to say a big thank you to BMW Motorsport for giving me this chance,
and for the great support that privateers like me receive through the
BMW Sports Trophy.”
The BMW Sports Trophy enters its 52nd year in 2013. Privateers from
around the world can submit their race results to BMW over the course
of the season. They then receive points towards the privateer
competition and, depending on how successful they are come the end of
the year, may be honoured as one of the season’s top 25 BMW Sports
Trophy participants. In total, BMW Motorsport presents a prize purse
of 250,000 Euros.
Biagi came through against 242 fellow participants in 2012, and was
rewarded for his efforts with the drive in the BMW M3 DTM. In 2013, as
well as the prize money, support and acknowledgement of BMW
Motorsport, the top BMW privateer can once again look forward to a
very special driving experience in the BMW M3 DTM.